Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball

The Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball team represents Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference. The Bearkats have played home games at Johnson Coliseum, a 5,529 seat indoor arena, since 1976, when it was then called University Coliseum.[2] They are currently led by head coach Jason Hooten.

Sam Houston State Bearkats
2019–20 Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball team
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UniversitySam Houston State University
Head coachJason Hooten (10th season)
LocationHuntsville, Texas
ArenaBernard Johnson Coliseum
(Capacity: 6,110)
ColorsOrange and White[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986*, 2003, 2010
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
Southland: 2003, 2010
Lone Star: 1975, 1981, 1982
Conference Regular Season Champions
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association: 1925
Lone Star Conference: 1934 • 1937 • 1948 • 1964 • 1971 • 1973 • 1975 • 1981 • 1986
Southland Conference: 2000 • 2003 • 2010 • 2019


Sam Houston State University has a prestigious history in regards to basketball. The Bearkats have fielded a basketball team since 1917, excluding the 1942–43 and 1943-44 basketball seasons. Basketball was not played these years because World War II had decimated male enrollment at Sam Houston State. Success began early as Sam Houston went 43-11 during its first five years, including an unblemished 24-0 record during its first three.

During the 21st Century, Sam Houston's men's basketball program boasts the second winning-est program in Texas Division I, only behind Texas. The Bearkats are also the winning-est program in the Southland Conference during the last decade.[3]

Postseason appearancesEdit

NCAA Division I TournamentEdit

The Bearkats have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2003 15 (S) First Round Florida L 55–85
2010 14 (S) First Round Baylor L 59–68

NIT resultsEdit

The Bearkats have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament. Their combined record is 0-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round TCU L 69-82

CIT resultsEdit

The Bearkats have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) four times. Their combined record is 4–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Second Round
Alabama State
San Diego
W 71–49
L 72–77
2015 First Round
Second Round
UNC Wilmington
W 87–71
L 70–71
2016 First Round Jackson State L 77–81OT
2018 Second Round
Eastern Michigan
Northern Colorado
W 69–62
W 76–69
L 80–99

NCAA Division II TournamentEdit

The Bearkats have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Delta State
Abilene Christian
L 59–61
L 60–76

NAIA TournamentEdit

The Bearkats have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1973 First Round
Second Round
Xavier (LA)
W 88–62
L 60–67


  1. ^ "FAQ's about new branding". April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum". Sam Houston State University. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  3. ^ "Sam Houston State Men's Basketball Notes" (PDF). Sam Houston State Athletics. Retrieved 2013-05-14.

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